Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Transport Textiles

Two examples of transport textiles. The top one is from the Agatha Christie tour bus (a 1947 Leyland Tiger) and the bottom is from a steam train on the South Devon railways. I love these old vintage patterns and pigments as well as the tough rug like textiles they are made in, which is technically known as "Moquette."

I can remember the "District - Misha Black 1978" on buses in Bexley growing up, it was the standard textiles on all the local buses. I can remember on school journeys they were really dusty and kids would banging on them creating thick clouds of dust, which can't have been too good for us, but for some reason it was very funny at the time.

The London transport museum sells cushions and other home wears using the fabrics, including the iconic the iconic orange, yellow, brown and black rectangles of the District design.

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